Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Welcome Back, Blue
It's me again--don't be mad, I know, it's been a while. Was it only yesterday Blue, that Emma and I curled up on the couch to her cries of "Boos Coos!!" when your happy blue mug showed up on the screen? How good the world was then. Her sweet, warm body snuggling with me, a tiny house, and not many cares in the world. The old ladies in the grocery store were right. It goes by fast.
I remember one day when she opened a book on the floor, said "Watch, Mommy," said, "Boo skidoo ee can too," and jumped on top of the book. I remember her puzzled face when she didn't end up inside the book just like Steve. I tried my best to explain about imagination. She was pretty let down.
During Laura's Blue's Clue's reign, your buddy Steve went to college (how could he?) and we got left with his "little brother" Joe. I know you probably can't admit it contractually, you know--confidentiality clauses and all that--but Joe kinda sucks compared to Steve. You don't have to say anything, I'll keep it quiet.
Then my girls grew older and the Blue's Clues puzzles and toys and undies with your pawprints all over were put away. I was not sure they would ever come out again except to take a quick trip to Goodwill. Yes, you're absolutely right, Blue. Except for the undies, because that would be gross.
And I forgot about you! And all these happy moments! I have not had "Noggin" on in the background for so long...There's Maggie and the Ferocious Beast! Dora still has her backpack on! Moose E Moose is singing about fall! And there is you, Blue (and Steve, too!), talking to Monsieur Salt and Mizzes Pehpp-air and baby Paprika. And Jack laughs and waves to you, so you are still loved around here. Especially by me. You represent sweet toddler days. And this time, now that I know that time comes and goes lightning fast, I am cherishing it. I remember my aunt saying that every once in a while when the TV jogs past Noggin she'll see an old, dear show on, one she used to watch with her twins. It makes her sad. I didn't understand that before, but now I do.
We don't watch much TV here. I don't do well with background noise and I hate commercials. But a little bit of quiet, sweet Noggin (now Nick Jr.? What is up with that?) before we go down for naptime is a welcome thing, indeed. Forget PBS Kids with that awful Caillou and two-headed dragon business. And Disney is mostly annoying. But you Blue, you're my favorite. Blue around means sweet babies around.
Welcome Back, Blue. It's been a long time.